Climbing in Rock of Ages – Ermionida – Argolis – Greece

Is just the second Christmas day and this time we decided to visit for a second time a crag that is located in the region on Argolis, and specifically in the municipality of Ermionida. This crag is rather infamous and is rarely visited due to the difficult approach. This crag is the Rock of Ages.

Rock of Ages, is a nice little cliff in an idyllic setting and highly recommended for those more interested in their surroundings than pushing up their grades. A small ravine with lush vegetation, good rock and varied climbing give a very pleasant day out.Climbing_Rock_of_Ages_Ermionida_Argolis_Greece_163820_480_03

Rock of Ages is mainly developed and bolted by the legendary climber and route setter Jim Titt and I. Zaczek. The ones familiar with Titt’s bolts they will not be surprised that this crag is not for beginners. Actually, all routes are rather demanding and almost on all routes there is runout between the bolts. Thus, the Rock of Ages is mainly for experienced climbers that feel comfortable with onsighting 6a+/6b.

The highlights of Rock of Ages include the spectacular and photogenic, overhanging Mr Cool at 5a and the weird Pull of the Sun at 6a+/6b, which climbs up inside the cleft splitting the cliff face. Plenty of potential on this undeveloped rock make it well worth a visit. Good belaying on top for a toprope, take a 60m rope.

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Approach to the crag of Rock of Ages

Access: Approaching from Ermioni turn right on the saddle before Didima (Sign: Iliokastro). After 4,4 km shortly before reaching a small church on the right side turn left. Continue on this tarred road for 2,8 km. Then go right on a small tarred road for 1,9 km (the last 100 m are gravel). Turn left when the concrete begins and follow the road downwards. On this road 800 m towards a wide rock formation. Just before you reach that formation turn right and follow the road with a serpentine up to the saddle right of the rock formation. Now downwards to another dirt road. Turn left and follow this road for about 750m until you’ll see the small ravine on the left. Park a few meters after the valley where the shepherds feed their animals (above the street on the left). Go left and follow the water pipes in the valley and turn left to the rocks.

Altitude: 500m above sea level.

Season: Probably all year, South/South West facing.

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Sectors and Route in Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages is divided in the following sectors: 

  • 7 Dwarfs
  • Fairy Tale
  • Little Cat Head
  • Main Wall
  • Slabs

7 Dwarfs

Name

Grade

Happy

5a

Grumpy

5b

Bashful

6c

Sneezy

6b+

Dopy

7a

Dozy

6b

Doc

7a


Fairy Tale

Name

Grade

Snow White

6a

Black Witch

6b+

Hobbit

5a

Dance with Monsters

6b

Heave

5c+

Fairy Tale

5b

Grab

6b+


Little Cat Head 

Name

Grade

Katzenschleichen

4c

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Main Wall

Name

Grade

Pams Arete

5a

Mr Cool

5c+

Dreamtime

5c+

Dreamtime DT

6a

Woody

6a

The Rising

6a

EOS

6a+

Hydra

6a

Furioso

6b

Stoned

6a+

Gammel Hans

6c+

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Slabs

Name

Grade

Pull of the Sun

6a+

Maxx

5c

Hail

5b+

Showtime

5b+

Quetschi

6a

Simple Start

5b+

Easy Mover

5b+

Superfine

6a

Teamwork

5c

Quergang

6a+

150%

6a

Hope

6a+

Roof

6a+

Fridge

5c

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See more climbing crags in Argolis region:


Further Information

This post contains many information regarding the various crags and sectors in the Ermionida region. Should you wish to know more and your have a specific question, we would be pleased to try to help you out.

You can contact us, via the contact page.

In case you would like to do enjoy some hiking in between climbing, feel free to check out the following posts:


Below: This map marks all the mountaineering adventures that have been featured on Olympus Mountaineering so far, including several Sport climbing crags – Select full screen to expand, zoom in for more detail, or click on a marker for a link to the post.

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